Huawei opens first flagship store in Saudi Arabia

The official opening was attended by Deputy Governor of Investments for SAGIA Sultan Mufti, Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Li Huaxin, C-level executives from Huawei and members of the media.
Updated 08 January 2019
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Huawei opens first flagship store in Saudi Arabia

Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia has inaugurated its first store in the Kingdom, which opened at Riyadh Park Mall in the capital city. It is the largest store in the Middle East and Africa region. The official opening was attended by Deputy Governor of Investments for Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) Sultan Mufti, Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Li Huaxin, C-level executives from Huawei and members of the media. 

Mufti said: “Huawei is a great example to all foreign companies investing in the Kingdom. They have exhausted many efforts toward providing the best that information technology and communications services has to offer, as well as contribute toward the development of the ICT infrastructure in accordance with the highest global standards for quality and security. They also work to develop our local Saudi talent through their training initiatives like the STEP program for enabling Saudi talent, which aims to train 10,000 male and female candidates by the year 2020.”

Mufti added: “We at SAGIA appreciate the role foreign investment plays and the importance of developing the ICT sector in the Kingdom through global partnerships like the partnership we have with Huawei.”  Ambassador Huaxin said: “This opening today proves Huawei’s commitment to continue providing the highest level of services to the people of Saudi Arabia. Chinese companies abroad are interested today in linking their strategy to the development of the markets they operate in. It also takes care of their social responsibility, for example, in sharing technology expertise and adopting local talent, and Huawei is certainly one of them.”

Bill Yu, vice president of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia, said: “This flagship store launches at a time in which consumers here are asking for more innovative flagship products from Huawei.”

He added: “In order to provide an advanced and classy shopping experience for our customers in Saudi Arabia, we have brought and adopted the latest retail systems in our stores in Saudi Arabia, which will provide a new experience that includes intelligent storage, online ordering, home delivery and off-site payment as well as a slew of other services which will take our customer service experience to the next level.”

Huawei is expecting its new retail system will create around 100 job opportunities and training for Saudis over the next five years. It will also hold training courses in multiple technology areas that will benefit more than 360 people a year. At the same time, it will invest over $6 million in the new retail system in Saudi Arabia over the next five years and will collaborate with its partners in the Kingdom to enhance the experience associated with retail sales in the Saudi market.


Regional authorities offer free training at HVACR Expo

Updated 21 January 2019
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Regional authorities offer free training at HVACR Expo

The region’s largest dedicated HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) business event will host specialists from Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) and Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) among other credible entities.
Set to shed light on the latest efficiency guidelines in the HVACR industry, these authorities will feature a free and certified training agenda at the HVACR Expo Saudi from Jan. 28-30 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center (RICEC).
Zayed Mohsen Albagami, deputy director of energy efficiency, SASO, said: “It is important for SASO and for the Kingdom as a whole to support and enhance Saudi Vision 2030 at this time.”
He added: “The role of SASO toward this goal is to help the manufacturer himself adopt a sustainable approach. We implement this through a variety of initiatives, whether it be the issuance of new standards on energy efficiency, raising awareness in the media or finally by holding workshops — as we will do at HVACR Expo Saudi 2019.”
In line with the 2030 initiative, the Saudi government has enacted SASO regulations 2663 and 2874, which improve the efficiency level of all air conditioning equipment. They have also introduced a district cooling framework for new developments exceeding 15,000 tons.
Basem Salameh, conformity specialist at GSO, said: “The GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) aims to harmonize standardization activities among the GCC member states to facilitate both international and intra-trade, and to remove technical barriers for economic operators.”
Along with presentations by SASO, GSO and SCE, the workshop agenda at HVACR Expo Saudi 2019 will include training sessions from industry leaders Carrier, Samsung Electronics, Midea RAC, Al-Salem Johnson Controls, and Shaker Group (LG) to name but a few.
Abdul Rouf Pandith, senior mechanical engineer at KEO International Consultants and speaker at the event, said: “By inviting and bringing together government stakeholders, policy and decision-makers, and leaders from the utility sector across the country, HVACR Expo Saudi can mark a new era in the cooling sector.”
Roni El-Haddad, event director of HVACR Expo 2019, said: “We are extremely honored to welcome SASO, GSO and SCE on board at HVACR Expo Saudi 2019. While the Kingdom is coming together to fulfill the objectives laid out by Saudi Vision 2030, the time is now to bring these authorities on-board and to work with them to ensure that HVACR professionals can achieve the highest standards within their field.”
HVACR Expo Saudi will also bring together more than 85 of the industry’s heavyweights to showcase innovative industry solutions and products at the event. Countries represented will include Turkey, China, the US, France, Italy, the UAE, Singapore, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and more.